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  1. #76
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    My "little" 454 with its 5.250" barrel in a shoulder holster rig carries nicely, I can get to it quickly and keep it on me all the time. I keep it loaded with solid nosed jacketed 300 grain slugs in the heavy brush and forested "wild places" I travel in. My 12 gauge model 870 with large buckshot spreads out too quickly as you indicated so IF I were carrying the 870 I'd have a couple of slugs in it with possibly one or two 00 rounds for follow up shots incase it got in close to me. I'd rather carry the 454...….63bkpkr
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    Quote Originally Posted by brianc053 View Post
    I thought I'd share an East Coast perspective. Here in New Jersey we live with frequent visits from black bears.

    I really don't have a point to my post, other than to share a different perspective. Out here in the East I think the bears are less of a concern because they're more acclimated to living around humans.

    - Brian

    East Coast Bear Attack in news.

    https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/20...a-bear-attack/
    Last edited by IMAUDIGGER; Dec 15, 2018 at 07:53 PM.
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    If a bear know you are near you will never see them. Your best defense is not a gun, its prevention. Me a noisy miner....sing talk whistle carry a radio, run your pump motor or get a yappy dog. A gun is your last resort, not because you should avoid shooting them but because if you surprise them, by the time you get it out and shoot they are already on you.
    ...An ounce of prevention is better than 300 grains of hail Mary
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonaro View Post
    If a bear know you are near you will never see them. Your best defense is not a gun, its prevention. Me a noisy miner....sing talk whistle carry a radio, run your pump motor or get a yappy dog. A gun is your last resort, not because you should avoid shooting them but because if you surprise them, by the time you get it out and shoot they are already on you.
    ...An ounce of prevention is better than 300 grains of hail Mary
    I've had three bears mozy on over towards camp just to see what was going on. As mentioned they were chased off with noise and throwing of something.

    Pretty sure they knew we were there.

    I also think that repetitve noise in the woods will attract a cat...cause well they're cats.

    The skunklion stalked me and snuck right up using the creek for cover. It ran into the brush when it felt like I had seen it. Didn't run far. Me popping off two rounds into the tailings pile it was on chased it off.

    many ounces of prevention and I'm still bringing my gun
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    If you want to attract bears, try hot bacon grease. They'll be on you as soon as they get a wiff.

    Might be a good way to keep them busy! A can of that in a tree a few miles away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Capt Nemo View Post
    If you want to attract bears, try hot bacon grease. They'll be on you as soon as they get a wiff.

    Might be a good way to keep them busy! A can of that in a tree a few miles away.
    An old man once told me if you light a match and put it out on raw bacon mice will appear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff of pa View Post
    beef jerky, Or Donuts ...

    When Game Commission sets up a Bear Cage Trap around here ,
    They use Donuts . I Never heard what Type, But AM Guessing Honey Glazed
    & maybe Sugar.
    or maybe Blue-BEAR-ry
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    Bacon was the bait of choice for many hunters in Oregon when it was legal to bait bears and hunt with dogs. The decline of mule deer populations in Oregon came about when hunting with dogs to hunt cougar was prohibited and has never recovered. The cougar population soared and the deer population declined If these two species do not fear or respect man in their territory they will naturally be more brazen. I have seen both in the wild in Oregon in daylight. One encounter with a sow and cub I had mentioned here before, had the wind in my favor as I was hunting up a timbered ridge in eastern Oregon with the wind in my favor when a sow silently was running full bore down the trail and hit the skids and ended up about 25 yds. in front of me. Her cub was following to close and ran into her then did a couple barrel roll summersaults down the hill off to the side. I got the .308 up and on her nose as she was reared up on her hind legs and hollered at her to git witch she did after maybe five seconds. I didn't no whether to laugh or check my drawers looking at that cub doing the barrel rolls. This all happened in the blink of an eye. Stay alert, you never know.
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    I talked to a bear biologist years ago and he said the bait they used for getting the bears into the traps was to mix peanut butter and honey into a can of cheap sardines and to burn it on a sterno can.
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    Quote Originally Posted by N-Lionberger View Post
    I talked to a bear biologist years ago and he said the bait they used for getting the bears into the traps was to mix peanut butter and honey into a can of cheap sardines and to burn it on a sterno can.
    Witchcraft!?
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  11. #86
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    yes theres not many dangerous encounters with animals here in california. if they hear you coming, chances are youll never know there was a bear, cat, snake, etc. they get out of the way. very stealthy critters. bang stick works great for those bears that cant figure out what you are and want a closer look. heat stroke, falling, drowning are much more real dangers
    Last edited by beekbuster; Dec 22, 2018 at 03:55 PM.
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    got the fever? dont scratch the itch.

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    Thats the California truth right there. Id say falling is the one I worry about most and got me a few times and some of my friends.
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  13. #88

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    Couple years ago (out metal detecting) I came around a corner and was face to face with a large mountain lion. It layed its ears back and stood there for a few moments deciding if it wanted to tussle with my dog.
    It decided to walk away. 15’ is too close for comfort.
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